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Cover of Woody and Herbaceous Functional Groups in Burned and Unburned Plots, Mojave Desert, 2009-2013


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Klinger, R.C., 2017, Cover of woody and herbaceous functional groups in burned and unburned plots, Mojave Desert, 2009-2013: U.S. Geological Survey data release,


Arid ecosystems are often vulnerable to transformation to invasive-dominated states following fire, but data on persistence of these states are sparse. The grass/fire cycle is a feedback process between invasive annual grasses and fire frequency that often leads to the formation of alternative vegetation states dominated by the invasive grasses. However, other components of fire regimes, such as burn severity, also have the potential to produce long-term vegetation transformations. Our goal was to evaluate the influence of both fire frequency and burn severity on the transformation of woody-dominated communities to communities dominated by invasive grasses in major elevation zones of the Mojave Desert of western North America. We [...]


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To examine both the individual and interactive roles of burn severity and fire frequency in altering fire regimes and long-term dominance of invasive annual grasses, especially via the grass/fire cycle, in the Mojave Desert, USA.


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Photographer: Robert Klinger, USGS, WERC
Photographer: Robert Klinger, USGS, WERC


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DOI doi:10.5066/F79022PZ

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